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7 things to read this weekend

To mark the long weekend, we have collated a set of blog posts and case studies published on the Arts Queensland website in 2017.

mages supplied by Gig Buddies SydneyGig buddies
Gig Buddies Sydney aims to tackle social isolation. Matthew Collins explains how the program helps adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities attend events with volunteers to experience a range of arts and culture events. 




Horizon Sunshine Coast Festival of Arts and Culture
The inaugural Horizon Sunshine Coast Festival of Arts and Culture was a huge success with over 35,000 attendees the 10-day event.




Cypher. Image: Amy HethringtonCypher
The Queensland tour of Cypher engaged with young people across regional Queensland via the power of hip hop.



Image supplied by author - KooKoo hula hoopin in showAccess and disability – small changes for great creative roles
Trailblazing circus performer Sarah Houbolt considers how we can ensure creative success for people with a disability is more than a one-off or token act.




Carolyn Watson and Katrina Elliott at the Gladstone Hospital during the One Wish project. Image courtesy of the artistOne wish
Inspired by the traditional belief of "If" - where if one person folds 1000 cranes, then that one person's wish will come true, Katrina Elliott’s "One Wish" project at the Gladstone Hospital demonstrates the value of arts in a hospital environment.




Opening night is Blueclick Photography courtesy of Cairns Indigenous Art FairCulture Counts – CIAF
Arts Queensland's pilot sruvey program "Culture Counts", works to help Arts Organisation's survey their audience online to help measure the value of arts. In this Cultural Counts blog, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair's (CIAF) General Manager, Vanessa Gillian, shares what they learned about audience diversity and how peer and public views compare. 



Photo: Dancer in outback. Six Foot Circus (Mount Isa) and 2017 Anywhere Theatre FestivalInvestment fund enhances Queensland’s arts
The Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) - established three years ago, is an Arts Queensland initiative, in partnership with Positive Solutions, Foresters Community Finance, and Creative Enterprise Australia. In this blog, we looked at six arts organisations on track to achieve their artistic and business development goals through support from ABIF. 



Image credit: Unsplash/Cellphone by Rodion Kutsaev